Things to Look for When Buying a Child a Gift
By Donna Stark
A new year means a new crop of birthdays are coming up and if you have children in school, you know that also means there will be a lot of shopping to do. It always seems like there is some kind of birthday invitation coming home in our children's backpacks every month, doesn't it? Between pool parties, roller skating parties, and parties at the zoo, my children's schedules are already packed with celebrations! And because of that, I know I will be busy running to the stores looking for those perfect gifts.
The Perfect Gift
Buying the perfect gift isn't only about getting exactly what a child is dreaming of. It's also about buying a gift that is safe and age-appropriate. Here are some helpful tips you can check out before you head to the store yourself.
- Buy for the right age - Read the warnings and instructions, and be diligent about checking the age recommendation on the packaging of the toy. You want to make sure you aren't putting a child at risk of injury by purchasing an item that is beyond their skill level or developmental age.
- Inspect carefully - Take a close look at the toy you are considering purchasing and make sure it doesn't have any sharp edges, broken parts, or dangerous points. You should also check the packaging to make sure the toy has passed all safety inspections.
- Avoid the troublemakers - Depending on the age of the recipient (and giving consideration to the ages of their siblings), you may want to avoid certain toys. These include toys with small parts, magnets, button batteries, ropes, cords, and heating elements. And if purchasing art supplies, make sure the markers, paints, and pencils are labeled "non-toxic."
- Don't forget the extras - If you are gifting sports equipment or any kind of riding toy, such as a scooter or a bike, always include the recommended protective gear with it. Items to consider would be helmets, knee pads, wrist guards, mouth guards, and gloves.
Keeping Everyone Safe
I'm sure you may remember a birthday celebration or two that you went to as a child. In fact, those are some of the memories that people remember the most! So let's carry that tradition on with our children and in the process, use the above guidelines when purchasing gifts. It's the best way to keep everyone safe and happy!
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